March 27, 2011

Each dawn brings a new hope along a vibrant dynamism to follow one’s dreams to make them a reality. The dream to reach ahead and strike for victory till the end is one that the Pakistani Cricket Team holds at the moment.

To make it true is another effort that we have seen in the Quarter-Final of ICC World Cup 2011. Pakistani team once more remained successful in performing up to the mark and becoming the first team to enter in Semi-final.

In Dhaka, on 23rd March first Quarter-final between Pakistan and West Indies took place, with an avalanche of hopes from both sides to succeed. West Indies captain showed utter content and happiness after winning the toss and choosing to bat first, which led them towards scoring an unexpected low score of 112 runs. In this knock-out round Pakistan did not face any difficulty in achieving the given target.

West India started off with a boundary on first ball and soon losing their most valuable wicket of Chris Gayle by Umar Gul. This was the first jolt that the team felt but still believing in their batsman they played further on. At the score of 16 West Indies was unlucky enough to witness the fall of 3 wickets, including Darren Bravo and Ramnaresh Sarwan.

With Pakistani bowlers striking, Afridi was able to take 2 more wickets and remained thriving in sending Kieron Pollard and DC Thomas to pavilion. At the score of 71 West Indies was at the verge of losing their last wickets. DJG Sammy and D Bishoo got out when Ajmal showed best spinning on the field against West Indies. Their strategy moved towards settling with singles and stretched the score giving target of 112, while Chanderpaul stayed not out.

Pakistani team emerged as a powerful unit in this match on the day (23rd March) when Pakistan was officially conceived. It eventually became a gift for the nation with tremendous performance by each team member on the field in batting as well as bowling session. Pakistan played exceptionally well, achieved the target and knocked out West Indies with no fall of wicket.

Muahmmad Hafeez famous for being a professor in the dressing room due to his good analysis of matches completed his 50 and became Man of the Match. On the other hand, Kamran Akmal tried extremely hard to match-up with his partner swinging the bat well scoring 47 runs.

The movement of glory revived for Pakistani team through a precious victory in Quarter-Final. It made the team one step closer to the Semi-final. The struggle of Pakistani team would last until the final match of World Cup 2011 to achieve the title of World Champions.

Written by: Kiran Khalil
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